Ann Scott asked the students to name some of the birds they know by describing how they look and also by trying to imitate the sounds they make. Ann made some bird sounds she knew which captivated the interest of the young students and prompted them to make their own chirps.
Birds are lovely, melodious creatures that awe us with their beauty and songs. We love listening to them (knowingly or unknowingly) and for many people they signal the break of dawn.
Bird watching is interesting and one doesn’t need to have birding qualifications to watch the birds! All you need is a keen interest in birds and within a short time you can know a bird by its call or by sight.
Birds make an interesting part of nature and biodiversity which is why A Rocha Kenya seeks to pass this knowledge to children in different schools. During the term, the Environmental Education team has had exciting sessions with Wildlife Club members from Dongokundu Primary School and Kirosa Primary School learning about birds.
The sessions were done with the help of Ann Scott (an ornithologist and a regular guest at Mwamba Conservation Centre) and her friend, Peter, a professional artist with a keen interest in nature as evidenced by his art.
Unlike the outdoor bird identification lessons, these sessions relied on Peter’s artistic expertise as he took over and showed the students how to sketch and draw the birds. The drawing provoked more responses from the students as they could name the birds as they drew using their local language and Swahili which indicated that the children had some knowledge on local birds.
Take time to look at birds: in your back yard, around your school, as you take a walk, birds are everywhere. You will be amazed at how many and how colorful they are. You will know your resident and migrant birds over time. The best way to conserve our birds is to know what we have around us then we can conserve!